Grant Applications Often Provide Early-Stage Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

A critical stage for most first-time entrepreneurs is getting their idea developed into at least a prototype to validate their technology. Acquiring seed-stage funding is admittedly tough, but a source that I find often overlooked is government grant funding, accessible in the U.S.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup.

Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups

Gust

This is also the time when a lot of entrepreneurs wrestle with their plans for the next year, asking themselves: Where should I bet big? The post Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups appeared first on The Gust Blog It’s that time of year when we’re all staring down the end of the December, wondering where the months have gone. Are the growth targets right? How am I going to pay for all these. Read more >.

How To Empower Early-Stage Entrepreneurs In Developing Countries

YFS Magazine

Despite entrepreneurship's importance to economic growth, the developing world still faces enormous challenges in order to unleashing its full potential. Economy economy Global Business global voices

Great Early Stage Startup Behaviors Limit Scaling

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors often say that successfully navigating the early stages of a startup requires lots of street smarts, guts, and luck. Several years ago, John Hamm published some early work on this subject in " Why Entrepreneurs Don''t Scale " in the Harvard Business Review.

Top 5 Realities Of Being An Early-Stage Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

There are five realities about being an early-stage entrepreneur that no one can escape. Lead personal development starting a business startup advice startup lessons success

Put A Coin In It! Invest In Early Stage Startups To See Maximum ROI

YoungUpstarts

Investing has always (and will always) come with a long laundry list of liabilities that can deter even the most experienced investors from making a generous contribution to a startup or early-stage company they believe in. by Emmanuel de Watteville, co-founder of Blue Ocean Ventures.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Gust

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup.

Strategic Jujitsu: New Business Models for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

Sounds like a technique entrepreneurs might want to apply to know where and how to carve out a specific market niche. 3 steps to take as an early stage entrepreneur.

7 Benefits Startups get From HR in the Early Stages

ReadWriteStart

The post 7 Benefits Startups get From HR in the Early Stages appeared first on ReadWrite. Entrepreneurs Small Business Startups benefits of HR company culture HR HR ready HR teamsWhen you are the founder of the start-up, you have no roles to perform, aside from being the CEO to doing the basics. You have to be a marketer, IT head and even customer care at times. Managing a start-up is quite perilous and chaotic both.

The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? I sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done. I asked for intro’s from entrepreneur friends.

10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

Both Sides of the Table

The following are some lessons I learned about early-stage startup marketing. My general rule is that it’s good to be stealth in the early days while you’re building your product and testing your market. I know because I did this in early 2000.

Early-Stage Startups Need Friends, Family, and Fools

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs have learned that it’s almost always quicker and easier to get cash from someone you know, rather than angel investors or professional investors (VCs). It also shows progress to early backers. In these cases both the entrepreneur and the funding partner are the fools.

10 Online Business Tools For Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

These online business tools can help you get your business on track and keep it there. Back Office Grow back office collaboration online tools productivity project management

The Early Stage VC Decision Making Process Infographic

VC Cafe

Interesting infographic from Anna Vital in San Francisco, from the Kickstarter campaign "Becoming an Entrepreneur" Kickstarter campaign. Trying to get inside the mind of an early stage VC investor. [[ This is a content summary only.

Where is the best source of early stage investment?

Berkonomics

Email readers, continue here…] My very first investment as a professional angel was in a small startup where the entrepreneur’s vision fueled my imagination in the audio market niche where I had run a business in an earlier life.

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? I sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done. I asked for intro’s from entrepreneur friends.

The two reasons early stage investors should be active investors

The Equity Kicker

That’s still true in less developed parts of the world, but in San Francisco and increasingly in London there are multiple sources of venture capital working very hard to find good investments and entrepreneurs sitting on quality opportunities have lots of options.

Bringing design thinking to early stage investment

The Equity Kicker

Here at Forward Labs we are continuing to iterate and develop our investment product to make it more attractive to entrepreneurs. This graphic comes from a post on Venture Village about design thinking for startups but it should apply equally to investment companies.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 1: Bend, Oregon Ecosystem and Entrepreneurs. Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. Few entrepreneurs find this scalable and repeatable business model because it’s not easy. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital.

The most important lesson learned in early-stage investing

Version One Ventures

Sean Silcoff had a thoughtful article in Saturday’s Globe & Mail on my path from entrepreneur to investor. It is a well-written piece with many great quotes and anecdotes and included the most important lesson about early-stage investing that I learned over the past 8 years: “If the fail rate of our companies is not high enough, it’s not because we are exceptional investors, it’s probably because we’re not taking enough risks.

The evolution of early stage investing in the UK

The Equity Kicker

Entrepreneurs can now achieve an awful lot with very little money. Similarly, from the other side of the table fundraising is still a tough thing for entrepreneurs to pull off and building a company remains as hard as ever.

6 things I learned marketing for startups (and early stage companies)

The Next Web

Business Contributors Entrepreneur Marketing and SEOThe other day as I was putting new strings on my guitar, something interesting happened.

Early stage money: The problem with PPMs

Berkonomics

In most cases, those entrepreneurs choosing to raise capital using PPMs retain specialists (many of whom are lawyers) to write their PPMs – a rather expensive undertaking. Regarding PPMs, my recommendations to entrepreneurs are: Don’t prepare PPMs to fund startup rounds of investment.

Extremely Valuable Tips for Creating a Financial Forecast During the Early Stages of an Entrepreneurial Journey

Up and Running

Creating financial forecasts and budgets are not typically how many entrepreneurs envision spending their time, but these tools are incredibly necessary. The early days of a startup can be intense. Many entrepreneurs also start out with little, if any, business experience. Working on a startup can be exciting, exhilarating, fulfilling and maybe even a little terrifying.

Ecosystem for success: the key ingredients to attract an early-stage investor

The Startup Magazine

It can be difficult for an entrepreneur to accept that he is at fault for any of the above; yet many still consider that it is ok to “fail fast, fail often” provided one learns from one’s mistakes on the path to success. Only one in ten startups succeed.

Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Culture?

Austin Startup

It follows up on my posts discussing why early stage startups should — or should not — move to Silicon Valley. Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin? Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Culture?

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

Early Growth Financial Services

Equally important, is an area many startup founders don’t always prioritize: choosing the right service providers and understanding the value they can bring, especially to an early-stage startup. The startup ecosystem is not just made up of entrepreneurs and investors; it also includes lawyers, bankers, HR and payroll providers as well as financial services providers. Here are three of the most common: When … read more > Early Stages Startup Business

What early stage fundraising in 2018 looks like?

Hippoland

I thought it might be useful to do a high level overview of what fundraising in 2018 looks like at the pre-seed / seed stage. This means that traction bar has gone up for both pre-seed and seed stage companies. Power is in the hands of the entrepreneur.

What early stage fundraising in 2018 looks like?

Hippoland

I thought it might be useful to do a high level overview of what fundraising in 2018 looks like at the pre-seed / seed stage. This means that traction bar has gone up for both pre-seed and seed stage companies. Power is in the hands of the entrepreneur.

Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship

ReadWriteStart

I have written about this before on my Forbes column, but want to raise the question again: Are Business Schools Setting Up Entrepreneurs To Fail? Nonetheless, in the last couple of years, the flow of first-time entrepreneurs who come out with the misconception that Entrepreneurship = Financing has not abated. Please note that I work exclusively with 1M/1M entrepreneurs. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant.

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Although these startups are very diverse businesses themselves, they face similar requirements (especially in that they’re currently all in the seed to Series B range of company stage). Plus, my partners and I saw entrepreneurs repeatedly starting from square-one each time, which just didn’t seem efficient if we could help in some small way.

The 7 (mostly free) tools Product Hunt used to build its early-stage community

The Next Web

As Product Hunts first hire, I work with our founder Ryan Hoover oncommunity, marketing, business development, and all the other random things that people at early-stage startups do. Design & Dev Entrepreneur Analysis and Opinion Roundups

The 4 Partners Every Early-Stage Startup Needs to Have

Early Growth Financial Services

The startup ecosystem is not just made up of entrepreneurs and investors; it also includes lawyers, bankers, HR and payroll providers as well as financial services providers. Here are three of the most common: When you’re incorporating … read more > Early Stages Startup Business I often write about the best strategies for startup fundraising or how to manage startup financing and optimize for growth.

How important is a video pitch to investors for an early stage start-up?

Gust

The reason for this is that despite all protestations to the contrary, angel investors to a large extent react on a somewhat intuitive basis, with their faith in the entrepreneur personally being one of the most important factors in their decision process. There is no one thing (aside from integrity) that is an absolute, and what you need to have when fundraising for a startup will depend to some extent on how you are managing your funding process.

The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.

Berkonomics

For those of us who’ve invested in early stage companies, especially technology startups, we have confronted a universal problem. There are many ways to project the value of a company for purposes of pricing an investment, but all rely upon the revenue and profit projections of the entrepreneur as a starting point.

4 Different Lawyers That Entrepreneurs Need

The Startup Magazine

If you are an entrepreneur, then you’re no stranger to hard work and being busy all the time. As on entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate, and legal issues shouldn’t be one of those things. The post 4 Different Lawyers That Entrepreneurs Need appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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Are balance sheets or profit and loss statements necessary to produce for early stage startups with no revenue?

Gust

Invested Interests balance sheets entrepreneur funding investors loss statements profit statements revenue startup Investors absolutely need to know the specific financial status of a company before they invest, because they are going to be part owners of the business. How much would you be willing pay someone to take over their bank account if you had no idea how much was in it?

LiveOak VP and Telestax Discuss Early Stage Technology Investing in Austin on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast

SiliconHills

In 2010, LiveOak Venture Partners saw a vast opportunity in the Austin and Texas market for early stage technology entrepreneurs. But there was not as much capital available as many of the local entrepreneurs would attest to,” said Krishna Srinivasan, general partner with LiveOak VP. The post LiveOak VP and Telestax Discuss Early Stage Technology Investing in Austin on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast appeared first on SiliconHills.

Springboard Launches Accelerator Program for Early Stage European Startups

ReadWriteStart

Springboard aims to help early stage startups. The program offers seed capital, office space, and "most importantly - that magical ingredient of 'smart-community' with mentors and other entrepreneurs." Springboard has launched a new mentorship-led accelerator program for European startups. Springboard debuted in 2009 as an " accidental incubator " emerging from the company Red Gate Software.

Founder Interview: RedMane Technology’s Tony Lakier

The Startup Magazine

We’re helping a large university system use analytics to target students for early intervention to maximize retention. Going back to your early career decisions, tell us what factors influenced your decision to be an entrepreneur? .

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between "seed-stage" and "early-stage" financing. Asking for early-stage money before you have customers and revenue will likely kill your credibility with real investors.

8 Key Actions for Entrepreneurs Needing Early Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs have learned that it’s almost always quicker and easier to get cash from someone you know, rather than Angel investors or professional investors (VCs). It also shows progress to early backers. In these cases both the entrepreneur and the funding partner are the fools.